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What Is the Fascination With Casey Anthony?
Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2011 | Sandy Rios

Posted on 07/09/2011 7:30:37 AM PDT by Kaslin

What is the fascination with Casey Anthony? One 96-year-old grandmother in Alabama was so fixated; she knew the names of Casey’s entire family, the defense team, the witnesses and prosecutors. The Nielsen ratings demonstrated clearly that millions of Americans spent hour upon hour of their own precious lives watching this tragic scenario unfold. But why?

Some say it’s because Caylee Anthony was a pretty little girl…her mom somewhat pretty…and white. A less attractive mother or child or a minority would not get the same attention, they argue. Maybe so. It probably did contribute to media coverage. Visual appeal is an important criteria for television. Storms are perfect as are accidents and people moving about in all sorts of ways. Thinking doesn’t play well on TV. Neither does nobility or thoughtfulness. Rash, erratic behavior…boorish rudeness…aggression….overt sexuality. These look good on camera.

It certainly was the common denominator with the media obsession over Natalee Holloway, La Crosse beauty Yeardley Love…Nicole Smith and Scott & Laci Peterson. It might explain why they got media attention, but it doesn’t explain why we watched it. Why did we watch it? Why did we devote hours of our own lives…hours we can never reclaim on the OJ trial?

Is it uplifting to the soul? Does it make us smile? Do we come back into our own reality feeling better? Does it challenge the intellect? Does it make us grateful? Does it encourage us to achieve? Does it energize or motivate?

It does none of these. Watching the Casey Anthony saga or any other tabloid tail is a squandering of your life. It is a misdirection of your mental energies. Gambling drains precious financial resources causing you to neglect paying your bills. Inordinate amounts of time spent watching this kind of coverage drains other precious resources; your time and your attention. The amount you have of that is finite. It can never be reclaimed. While children or spouses or friends or needy neighbors or responsible citizenship or just plain hard work clamor for us, we blithely turn to the screen, seemingly paying no price, or at least, none we can feel in the moment.

One has only to visit the homes of America’s Founding Fathers to be amazed at their accomplishments. Thomas Jefferson was an inventor….Benjamin Franklin, the Ambassador to France, developed a printing press, founded the U.S. Post Office, invented electricity, the kite, and the Franklin Stove. In his spare time he helped write the Constitution and found the United States of America. George Washington was a surveyor and horticulturalist. Many wrote books, learned astronomy, French, Latin, and Greek while they were already busy adults.

What will future generations say of us? Will they remember all we accomplished or the hours we spent motionless, living vicariously thru the tawdry lives of others?

Did the great men of our past write noble things and think noble thoughts by accident? No. It is undeniable that we become what we surround and saturate our minds with. Advertising executives know this well. So do Leftist educators who have given us a generation of people who reflect the propaganda of their textbooks. Long time hostages can come to think and act like their captors. Imbibing pornographic images can cause men to act upon and think thoughts they would not otherwise have entertained. Romance novels find their power in stirring up female fantasies, destroying marriages that in other generations might have been saved. It matters what we read and see and listen to.

We are not forced to absorb such banality. We choose to absorb it. And we can choose not to. Americans are obsessed with diet. They understand that processed foods, carbohydrates and sugars make them fat. They don’t seem to understand that taking things into the mind without discipline produces fat, sluggish minds. Bad content produces bad results. And we can change both. We know how to discipline our bodies so how about our minds?

Ben Franklin actually formed a “Young Men’s Society” for the purpose of achieving character. Members worked toward obtaining one attribute at a time; honesty…generosity…humility. You can imagine it was an uphill battle, but it was, at least, up hill.

Casey Anthony’s story is tragic, but it is not important to all of us who are strangers. Turn the television off realizing that each moment that remains is precious.


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1 posted on 07/09/2011 7:30:38 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I think it was the idea that some mother could be so inherently evil that she’d kill her daughter, just so she could go party.

I think that was the hook.


2 posted on 07/09/2011 7:34:02 AM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Kaslin

It consumes crazy people who have no life. This also happened to Ramsey family after their daughter was killed. All kinds of fools coming out of the woodwork with their theories of how that girl died.

I still change the channel whenever this crap comes on.

I can only imagine Nancy Grace’s reaction. LOL


3 posted on 07/09/2011 7:34:14 AM PDT by JRochelle (Obama sucks, birthers suck, Trump sucks, I could go on but I ran out of room.)
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To: Kaslin

Maybe the fixation comes from the fact that people are TOO SCARED to even think that our nation is on FIRE.


4 posted on 07/09/2011 7:34:41 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Kaslin

This is exactly how I feel about the Casey Anthony trial, and also reality TV. Who cares?


5 posted on 07/09/2011 7:34:47 AM PDT by Entrepreneur (In hoc signo vinces)
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To: Kaslin

I was forced to watch a little bit of this in a waiting room and I almost laughed out loud when they showed people outside chanting ‘appeal appeal’. Are they really so dumb as to think that is possible?


6 posted on 07/09/2011 7:36:20 AM PDT by JRochelle (Obama sucks, birthers suck, Trump sucks, I could go on but I ran out of room.)
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To: Kaslin

The fascination for me was the jury. They bought the defense story that the child died in the pool and then they put duct tape on her mouth, put her in a garbage bag, and discarded her body in a swamp.

A head shaker, like OJ.


7 posted on 07/09/2011 7:36:27 AM PDT by The Raven
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To: Kaslin

This is the same syndrome that causes people to slow up on the freeway to watch a guy changing a tire. Their lives are so humdrum and plain that even such mundane events as a trial pulls them in. Most people lead unbelievable lives of frustration and boredom. God forbid they should read a book, go to a museum or learn something about the world they inhabit.


8 posted on 07/09/2011 7:38:21 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: JRochelle

I feel its one of the escapes in peoples lives. When your life is better than the criminals you can complain and be in disgust.

How far are we than the crazies. Who has not been bad about their children?


9 posted on 07/09/2011 7:39:31 AM PDT by Baseballguy (If we knew what we know now in Oct would we do anything different?)
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To: JRochelle
Your statement that “it consumes crazy people who have no life” is a bit harsh. I would say that it is much like reading a murder mystery. You don't really know what is going to happen because like a good book, it is unfolding before your eyes. I am not a strict follower of these sensational murder trials but I can understand those who are.
10 posted on 07/09/2011 7:40:13 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Kaslin
Because a ‘call’ for HELP to find this 2 + year old went out, people showed up in droves to HELP. Only to find out they were lied to and the child had been killed.

IT IS BEYOND amusing to hear talking heads itch out and over other talking heads. Talkers are just that talkers, maybe just maybe one step above used car salesmen/women, and thus far all those telling US what it is we should be doing or NOT doing are exposing themselves for being IDIOTS.... jealousy is never a pretty thing to watch. THIS for me was never about ‘ratings’, but a flash image of what American society has deteriorated into .... TRUTH is the first casualty of any civil society.

11 posted on 07/09/2011 7:41:45 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: The Raven

I think the jury was too lazy to think this through. They just wanted to go home to Pinellas county. Her refusal to testify and her damning jail phone conversations are evidence of a guilty conscience.


12 posted on 07/09/2011 7:42:46 AM PDT by omega4179
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To: Kaslin

“...One 96-year-old grandmother in Alabama was so fixated; she knew the names of Casey’s entire family...”

I wouldn’t base the American public’s interest on the likes of a 96 year old granny.

My mother at 93 watched the tv listings with the little celebrity interviews scrunched above them because “they have most interesting programs.” Yeah, she had the attention span of 6 month old by that time.

The media pushes these stories to distract from what is going wrong in this country. You wouldn’t know from our lefty editorial board in our paper because Obama’s name is rarely mentioned.

It’s always the ev-e-el GOP.

It irritates me to no end to read and hear how Americans really don’t care when we do, but cutting through the massive propaganda is difficult.


13 posted on 07/09/2011 7:44:29 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Kaslin
Fixation with the Casey Anthony trial and the fury over the out come can only be described as a nation wide lynch mob. If they could get at her, they would lynch her. We have seen it before and we will see it again.
14 posted on 07/09/2011 7:45:12 AM PDT by Tupelo ( 2012 TEA PARTY or no party)
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To: Kaslin

I only know about this because of the last several days - I could give a s_it about a murdering mother and her family. There are thousands of missing children my heart cries for everyday and I don’t know who they are. If the main stream media wants me to watch it I auto pilot off that subject.


15 posted on 07/09/2011 7:45:15 AM PDT by Pilated
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To: Kaslin
Fixation with the Casey Anthony trial and the fury over the out come can only be described as a nation wide lynch mob. If they could get at her, they would lynch her. We have seen it before and we will see it again.
16 posted on 07/09/2011 7:45:23 AM PDT by Tupelo ( 2012 TEA PARTY or no party)
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To: Kaslin

I think we want to see evil punished. The fact that the mother was partying, having a good time made her look guilty. 99.9 people would be in deep depression if they were innocent.

Today we see so many people getting away with evil deeds and it makes us mad. We know she will one day face God and he will bring justice. But it’s right that evil is punished here on earth so others will see the consequences of evildoing.

I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.
Isaiah 13:10-12


17 posted on 07/09/2011 7:47:29 AM PDT by Linda Frances
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To: Kaslin

uh...it’s easier to understand for most people than the

national debt and deficit?

/s


18 posted on 07/09/2011 7:48:26 AM PDT by ken21 (liberal + rino progressive media hate palin, bachman, cain...)
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To: Kaslin
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19 posted on 07/09/2011 7:48:54 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Kaslin
Casey Anthony’s story is tragic

Casey Anthony's story is not tragic.
Caylee Anthony's is.

20 posted on 07/09/2011 7:50:22 AM PDT by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012!)
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To: digger48

This cartoon says it all


21 posted on 07/09/2011 7:50:30 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Tupelo
Fixation with the Casey Anthony trial and the fury over the out come can only be described as a nation wide lynch mob. If they could get at her, they would lynch her. We have seen it before and we will see it again.

NO difference in all those fixated in making sure they stand on 'high' and point fingers of ugly accusation with NOT one shred of evidence. Must be nice to be up there where some consider themselves to reside.

22 posted on 07/09/2011 7:52:48 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: omega4179

I heard a woman juror say something to the effect that a guilty verdictor maybe death penalty would have caused an uproar. What? Jurors DO NOT need to blab after the fact. They should be anonymous. But her comment made me think they were swayed less by what they believed and more by what people might think. No real backbone anymore.


23 posted on 07/09/2011 7:53:55 AM PDT by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: Biggirl

“Maybe the fixation comes from the fact that people are TOO SCARED to even think that our nation is on FIRE.’

Bingo! It was/is a diversion. I stopped watching the stuff in the last few days, but was fixated on the trial. Looking back, I think my own fascination was basically a diversion and vacation from watching our nation being flushed down the toilet. Finally....something to watch besides the endless drone of media marxists and liars.


24 posted on 07/09/2011 7:54:45 AM PDT by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: Kaslin

Would the murder trial have even made it beyond local news coverage if Casey was fat and homely or even a woman of color or trailer trash? Not a chance. All over the country there are murder trials and investigations going on with even more interesting plots yet they go under the national radar because they don’t fit the mode of today’s tabloid news coverage - of beautiful, or famous people missing, dead, or in trouble with the law. I call it the OJ syndrome, and it’s all about TV ratings and hooking suckers to tune in night after night.


25 posted on 07/09/2011 7:56:15 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Jonty30
I don't know if she was evil or not. After all they showed pictures or videos of her playing with Caley, but when her own pleasure is more important to her as her child, it shows that she was an unfit mother.

Her mother should have applied for custody of the child.

26 posted on 07/09/2011 7:56:46 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Just mythoughts

“THIS for me was never about ‘ratings’, but a flash image of what American society has deteriorated into .... TRUTH is the first casualty of any civil society. “
And the Jury verdict comfirmed what many of us have suspected was going on for decades.

Lying is acceptable, all men are molestors, common sense has disappeared. Attorney’s with filthy mouths have brought our Court Rooms to nothing but sleezy bar rooms. Honest people are ridiculed. Mothers having their children sleep in the same bed as she and some guy she’s known for less than a month is perfectly acceptable behavour. And in fact makes her a good mom.

This was the white OJ trial.
Identity theft, check fraud, credit card fraud. Hey no biggee.
Kill your kid, Oh Well.
The Jury is an indictment of the American Educqtion system.


27 posted on 07/09/2011 7:57:32 AM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: JRochelle

I watched a few days at the end, but otherwise I changed the channel as soon as it came up


28 posted on 07/09/2011 7:58:45 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: truthkeeper
>> Casey Anthony's story is not tragic.
Caylee Anthony's is.<<

As a Christian I think that Casey Anthony’s story is tragic. It breaks my heart to see what the lack of Christ in ones life leads to. I pray that she finds Christ and repents and is saved.

29 posted on 07/09/2011 8:00:56 AM PDT by CynicalBear
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To: The Raven
I think that Kaylee was let down by this jury.

After a couple of months of going thru all the perverted shit thrown out by both sides, this jury could not stand one more minute of it.

They were by now getting annoyed with each other, some even coming to hate their fellow jurors. There were a few jurors who were for conviction, some for lesser verdicts, and some for acquittal, and it became clear that it would take perhaps months to come to a verdict of guilty.

The solution which would get them home right now and the one which would insure that an "innocent" person would not be punished would be to simply let Casey go.

So thats what they did.

They let Casey go in order to reclaim their lives...they were sick and tired of each other, of the judge, of all the lawyers, looking at the face of Casey and her "family" and absolutely appaling would be having to go thru any of the "evidence" again....

..so there is no justice for Kaylee in this world....

.....justice for Kaylee is in the hands of God.

30 posted on 07/09/2011 8:01:56 AM PDT by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance...)
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To: Kaslin

The TV media know that they control the minds of Americans and what most people pay attention to. If it wasn’t on TV, people really wouldn’t care about it and would focus on more important/relevant subjects.

They want to keep the American public distracted. Now that the trial is over, get ready for another “important” distraction heading our way...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bread_and_circuses

“… Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses”


31 posted on 07/09/2011 8:02:23 AM PDT by jq2
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To: Kaslin

I, too, am puzzled as to the media’s fascination with this case, which has even dominated talk shows hosted by the likes of Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, who usually focus on far bigger issues.

This sort of phenomenon has happened before. I recall that in 1997 a babysitter somewhere on the East Coast was charged with killing a baby. If I remember correctly, no celebrities or VIP’s were involved, yet the national media was absolutely riveted on this case and likely made it the biggest news event of the year. At the time, I was puzzled by all the attention given to what should have been a local news story.


32 posted on 07/09/2011 8:03:03 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Kaslin

The media has decided that the story is fascinating.

A far more interesting story is the one about the 3 missing boys from Morenci Michigan. Dad took them for Thanksgiving and never brought them back. First he said he gave them to a woman, then he said he killed them and now he’s saying he gave them to a group that protects children. He’s been in jail ever since.


33 posted on 07/09/2011 8:06:46 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: omega4179

Pinellas County - same one where Terry Schiavo was executed...

All about the money and ratings and book/movie deals — Nancy Grace started the relentless coverage from the beginning, mainly because of the availability of “on-the-scene” footage from the local media in Orlando. This whole Anthony family is so skanky that it makes people feel better to see “well, at least we’re not THAT BAD!” All those Moms with PPD who are cooking their newborns in microwaves or drowning them in the lake just don’t have the same penache. Not enough post-homicide drama to carry a talking head show.

My son watched the trial mainly to see the arguments the lawyers presented. He created this video to show Nancy Grace’s true reaction to the verdict.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p04mWOwwH6E


34 posted on 07/09/2011 8:07:21 AM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: Kaslin

I’d love to see a breakdown by gender of those who were really into it. Those threads on FR got a couple of thousand posts in a day! I’m not saying it wasn’t interesting for some men, just not me, and I am male. I would guess that more women than men were really into it, but I reckon I could be wrong.

Freegards


35 posted on 07/09/2011 8:08:11 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Fiji Hill

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Woodward_case


36 posted on 07/09/2011 8:10:17 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: penelopesire

Some things never change.

Bread and circuses; watching animals tears each other apart, slaughtering a few Christians, or watching gladiators kill each other, all while the barbarians are at the gates.

Well, in the end no matter how much you ignore them, the barbarians are going to get in and do what barbarians do.


37 posted on 07/09/2011 8:10:46 AM PDT by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: CynicalBear
I respect your perspective totally.

I'm a Christian too, and I see it a bit differently. When it comes to sociopathy, I fall on the side of nature. I do believe Casey Anthony is the classic "bad seed." In addition to everything else, she's got "the look." (Look on yesterday's thread for a picture of it, I know it is several hundred posts in.) I also saw a rare video (now on YouTube, I believe) of her at age 5 and she had "the look" even then, as well as a flat affect and vocal intonation. ("My name's Casey...happy birthday...my name's Casey.)

Now did it help that her totally crazy family watered the seed? Of course not.
But I still think she was born this way. Something was plainly off from the time she was a small child. And we will surely hear all the stories now that the vultures have been released. $$$

38 posted on 07/09/2011 8:11:24 AM PDT by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012!)
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To: Entrepreneur
and also reality TV. Who cares?

A good indicator of a persons character and overall usefulness is the number of reality TV shows they've never heard of and never watched.

39 posted on 07/09/2011 8:11:50 AM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: Ransomed

I have a friend that watched every minute of it. She went with me to our boat last weekend. She kept trying to tell me about it and I kept telling her....stop, I don’t care.
I didn’t watch 1 second of it.. If it came on I would immediately switch the channel. lol


40 posted on 07/09/2011 8:17:30 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Marty62
And the Jury verdict comfirmed what many of us have suspected was going on for decades. Lying is acceptable, all men are molestors, common sense has disappeared. Attorney’s with filthy mouths have brought our Court Rooms to nothing but sleezy bar rooms. Honest people are ridiculed. Mothers having their children sleep in the same bed as she and some guy she’s known for less than a month is perfectly acceptable behavour. And in fact makes her a good mom. This was the white OJ trial. Identity theft, check fraud, credit card fraud. Hey no biggee. Kill your kid, Oh Well. The Jury is an indictment of the American Educqtion system.

While I may make an occasional comment on this specific case, I am almost cauterized to the mentality of those who without one ounce of common sense say the 'system' worked. IF the system worked then why is the state entertaining the notion a new law is required to have people with custody of children now be required to report a child missing within 48 hours and an 'accidental' death (cough cough) within 2 hours.

I think I will now go a make myself some 'sun' tea.

41 posted on 07/09/2011 8:21:39 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: sheana
At least you haven't told FReepers who DID choose to watch the trial closely (I believe that is our right, is it not?) that the jury examined all the evidence and gave a competent verdict, and that we are all full of ****.
I respect that, so thank you.
42 posted on 07/09/2011 8:22:28 AM PDT by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012!)
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To: Kaslin
What Is the Fascination With Casey Anthony?

It's a media event meant to deny oxygen to the GunWalker scandal.

43 posted on 07/09/2011 8:22:54 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: seowulf

The barbarians are already inside the gates and running this country over a cliff. Casey Anthony..with her evil sociopathic smile and narcissism is the perfect illustration of what is happening to this country.


44 posted on 07/09/2011 8:25:45 AM PDT by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: penelopesire
She certainly is.

People have been fascinated with the battle of good vs. evil since time immemorial. It will always be so.

Those who rail against human nature just don't "get it."

45 posted on 07/09/2011 8:27:55 AM PDT by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012!)
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To: Tupelo

Oh please. You are ignorant of the evidence in this case. You are the one who looks foolish.

Looks like Mark Levin started lynch mob of his own by lumping this together with his “statist” accusations (which most of the time I have agreed with). The state was not out to get an innocent Casey Anthony. You are off track.


46 posted on 07/09/2011 8:31:07 AM PDT by Bluebird Singing
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To: truthkeeper

I agree with you. She is the classic “bad seed,” also known as “born to hang.”

I doubt she will stay out of trouble once released.


47 posted on 07/09/2011 8:33:11 AM PDT by freespirited (Stupid people are ruining America. --Herman Cain)
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To: Kaslin

What is the fascination with Jack the Ripper, the Black Dahlia, the Zodiac, Jeff Dahmer, the Uni Bomber, the Clutter family murders that sparked In Cold Blood, Jeffrey McDonald?

Ask people who write crime novels if they can sell their books.

There is a huge amount of interest in the who, what, when, where, how, and why.

Diabolical stories about diabolical people. They may be bad, but how they act is interesting.

That simple.


48 posted on 07/09/2011 8:35:15 AM PDT by dforest
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To: truthkeeper

Dittos. She actually reminds me of Obama in a wierd way. She snowed alot of people with her good looks and ‘easy manner’ all of her life. She never worked or provided for herself or her child. She thought every thing should be handed to her and when it wasn’t handed to her..she just took it anyway. When people or things got in her way..she just lied. Even her own precious child..she eventually threw in a swamp to rid herself of responsibility and self reliance.


49 posted on 07/09/2011 8:36:19 AM PDT by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: JRochelle

The other night I saw one of the mediatards complain the the defense failed to prove Anthony’s innocence.

Duh.


50 posted on 07/09/2011 8:38:30 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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